Hey! Its been almost a week since the new year began, so I decided it was high time to do some sewing. (resurrecting the old WIP Wednesday? I don't know)
Some of my favorite quilting magazines come from the Better Homes & Gardens family. I picked up the February-09 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting the other day. One of the quilts in the mag really caught my eye - its called "Zen" and is made from blue & green batiks - just my style! It calls for 16 assorted fat quarters (hahaha) so you know I pulled about 30-35 from my stash, and started cutting and piecing.
This is almost 1/4th of the quilt top - its a total of 9 blocks across and 7 blocks tall. Looking at the pattern in the magazine, it appears I'm using more blue than they did - their blocks look more turquoisy-green - so I probably need to pull some greener fabrics to mix in. It looks like they used more than 16 fabrics too... I know I'll use more than 16, probably more like 45 or 50 fabrics! I am fighting the urge (its an ingrained thing) to make it "charm style" - not repeating a fabric in more than one block - I've already used 2 fabrics twice so I think I'll be able to actually bust some stash with this quilt. There are 31 plain squares and 32 pieced squares and measures 59 x 70-1/2 inches when finished. (that's awfully small - it may end up a lot bigger than that)
Even though I've been pinching pennies, I had to snatch up a few books when Connecting Threads was having their 40% off sale on books. One of my girlfriends in my sewing group had bought the "Hooked On Feathers" book and I fell in love with it! Its about quilting feathers - mainly for longarm use but the technique can be done with a domestic sewing machine as well.
Another of the girls had purchased the other two books, and I had to have them also. The baby quilt book has some great ocean critter applique designs in it - they will be useful for a variety of projects. The Pat Sloan book has several really cute patterns in it. At 40% off, I felt like I deserved a little treat, especially since I'd seen all three books and knew I'd like them. I sure don't buy things the way I used to. (not that I'll be able to use up all my stuff in this lifetime anyway!)